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7 new COVID-19 cases reported in Chautauqua County

Seven new cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. Those new cases include: four from Jamestown, one from Lakewood, Dunkirk and Sinclairville. The county also announced 123 active cases. There are currently 11 active cases among employees of and ...

Cassadaga announces trick or treating policy

CASSADAGA — Trick-or-treating in Cassadaga will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. The following guidelines are recommendations to help keep everyone safe: residents that choose to participate should set up a table in front of their house. The table should be disinfected and have candy spread ...

Dunkirk woman tapped for Election Commissioner

Deputy Democratic Election Commissioner Luz Torres of Dunkirk will be going before the Administrative Services Committee on Monday as the recommendation of the Chautauqua County Democratic Committee to replace outgoing Commissioner Norman P. Green. Following review by the committee, Torres’ ...

Prevention Works offering parenting program

Prevention Works is offering a program for parents of children ages birth to five years of age called “First Five Years” free of charge through a grant from the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and a partnership between Prevention Works and Mental Health Association of Chautauqua. ...

The Concord Vineyard Improvement Program enters year 3

PORTLAND — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is heading into the third of five years of the Vineyard Improvement Program. October 2020 marks the “sweet spot” of the program. There is still the maximum amount of time available for ...

Registration underway for ‘Oboe Day’ at Fredonia

Oboe Day, a comprehensive experience for student musicians that will feature special guest Broadway oboist Keve Wilson, along with State University at Fredonia School of Music faculty from Fredonia and alumni, will be held on Sunday, Nov. 1. Members of Fredonia’s Oboe Studio will conduct ...

Legislature eyes property tax rate higher than proposed by county executive

Chautauqua County residents will likely have their county property taxes increase higher than the rate of inflation. During a special Chautauqua County Legislature meeting Tuesday, lawmakers unanimously agreed to a local law authorizing an override of the tax levy limit for the 2021 ...

Caregiver support group meetings offered across Chautauqua County

The Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter oversees several monthly caregiver support group meetings across the Chautauqua County region which allows dementia caregivers to connect with others facing similar challenges and hear advice for overcoming them from care partners in the ...

County announces 5 new COVID cases

Chautauqua County officials announced five new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, one day after revealing that 47 of Monday’s 53 confirmed cases were related to an outbreak at Tanglewood Manor and Memory Garden in Jamestown. Of the five new cases, the county reported one new case in the Fredonia, ...

Prevention Works, HOPE Chautauqua celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Prevention Works and HOPE Chautauqua is inviting the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23-31. Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community. It encourages parents, educators, ...

Cassadaga boat launch closed for the season

OBSERVER Photo by Gregory Bacon The Cassadaga Lakes’ boat launch located on Dale Drive is closed for motorized boat launches until spring 2021. It was closed by the Department of Environmental Conservation following a recent accident that caused structural damage to the ramp. Residents who ...

Chautauqua Institution plans some in-person events in 2021

Chautauqua Institution officials are planning to hold in-person events next summer. In a video sent to Chautauqua Institution members, Michael Hill, institution president, said some dates have already been scheduled. More information will be released once plans to comply with federal and state ...

NCCF’s Socktober drive is ongoing through Oct. 31

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is promoting its Socktober Sock Drive this year and encouraging the community to get involved. Socktober is a movement that gives everyone an easy and fun way to help others of all ages. All it takes to participate is a donation of a new pair of ...

Reed sends thanks for delivery of virus tests

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, is thanking the Trump Administration, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Abbot Labs for working together to deliver more COVID-19 testing resources across the state. Cuomo recently announced New York State will be sending 400,000 rapid testing kits to local health ...

St. Rose Society of Forestville to host pork roast dinner Saturday

FORESTVILLE — The St. Rose Society of Forestville will prepare its pork roast dinner again on Saturday. The menu is roast pork, secret-recipe creamy dill potatoes, homemade squash, special cranberry applesauce, and homemade apple crisp. The dinner will be available for pickup only at ...

Wind turbine pieces on the move

OBSERVER Photo by Gregory Bacon A tractor trailer heads south on Route 60 Monday, hauling a section of a wind turbine.

Borrello: Make NourishNY permanent

The Nourish NY program has been so successful that state Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, wants to see the program continue after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. NourishNY began as an effort by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help both farmers and food banks in the state. Dairy farmers were dumping ...

Soil testing taking place this fall

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program highlights the importance of soil sampling to understand the nutrient content of agricultural soils. Soil testing in fall helps to identify nutrient imbalances and allows time to address them prior ...

The Election Protection Act of 2020 is introduced

The state Senate Republican Conference has introduced the Election Protection Act of 2020, a package of legislation to secure the integrity of the voting process, and to provide state funding to local election boards for proper PPE and supplies for safe in-person voting. Already, 100,000 ...

Program provides food for local communities

It took about an hour for church officials and a horde of volunteers to distribute more than a thousand boxes of food from Healing World Ministries in Jamestown. The same went for a distribution from The Outpour Project in Dunkirk. For the second Saturday this month, fresh meat, produce ...